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January 25, 2014

Rock makes homecoming to local state park

Unique item returned to Mounds State Park 70 years later

ANDERSON — It arrived in a flat rate postage box.

“It was really heavy,” said Jessica Rosier. She’s the interpretive naturalist at Mounds State Park, where the package was delivered. Instead of the usual park fare of office supplies or literature, however, this package contained a truly unique object. It also came with a little mystery.

Inside the box was a large, rather unusual-looking rock.

“It does have character,” said Rosier. “It’s got a lot of crevices in it.” She noted the holes in the deep, rich gray-colored rock were probably caused by erosion. The rock weighs exactly 10 pounds.

Along with the rock came a note which answered a few questions about the rock, but left others unanswered.

Rosier said the note explained that the rock was found at Mounds State Park back in the 1940’s. For reasons unknown, the man who found it took it with him and kept it throughout the years.

“Maybe he thought it was a meteorite,” speculated Rosier. “A lot of people think it’s a meteorite.”

Rosier said the man moved to Florida, taking his find with him and keeping it until his recent death. That’s when his family went through and sorted out his belongings. Whatever the story of the rock was, the family knew it, because they knew where the rock’s rightful home was. Hence, the flat rate box.

With no return address, it appears we’ll never really know why the man took and kept the rock all those years.

“We’re trying to have it identified,” said Rosier. The naturalist noted that the rock is not a meteorite. “It’s not magnetic.”

Park regular, Forrest Bricker, was called upon for his opinion. Bricker, who is just shy of his 85th birthday, has been a rock hound from the get-go.

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